Date   : 06/21/2005    Duedate: 07/18/2005


DM-52    TURN-206

This Weeks Top Honors


(52-3175) [19-15-1,136]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BLOODY NOSE                    SER HAWKWING
OTTO'S PARTS (150)             SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
(52-3175) [19-15-1,136]        (52-3576) [1-2-0,25]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PANDEMIC                       SER ILYN PAYNE
DARK RAIDERS (78)              SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
(52-3319) [7-10-0,87]          (52-3573) [0-3-0,3]



Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)        47
2. BLEAK LEGION (364)          26      INCARNATIONS (281)
3. FORCE OF FIVE (367)         23      Unchartered Team
4. DARK RAIDERS (78)           22
5. BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)       21      THE CHURCH (369)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*SITTEES (359)              9   6  0 60.0   1/ 1 DARK RAIDERS (78)         7  5 0
 2/ 3*THE CHURCH (369)           6   4  0 60.0   2/ 5*THE CHURCH (369)          6  4 0
 3/ 0*BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)       3   2  1 60.0   3/ 4*SILVER KNIGHTS (361)      6  9 0
 4/ 0*FORCE OF FIVE (367)        3   2  0 60.0   4/ 0 OTTO'S PARTS (150)        4  1 0
 5/ 0 INCARNATIONS (281)       104  93  4 52.8   5- 3*SITTEES (359)             4  1 0
 6/ 0 OTTO'S PARTS (150)       219 218 12 50.1   6- 2 MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)        4  6 0
 7- 4 MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)        79  84  0 48.5   7/ 0*BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)      3  2 1
 8/ 0 LETHAL WEAPONS (74)       35  41  3 46.1   8/ 0*FORCE OF FIVE (367)       3  2 0
 9/ 5 DARK RAIDERS (78)        125 147  5 46.0   9/ 8*BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)     3  6 0
10/ 7*SILVER KNIGHTS (361)       6   9  0 40.0  10/ 0*BLEAK LEGION (364)        2  3 1
11/ 0*BLEAK LEGION (364)         2   3  1 40.0  11/ 0 LETHAL WEAPONS (74)       2  3 0
12/ 8*BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)      3   6  0 33.3  12/ 9*ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)       1  5 1
13/ 9*ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)        1   5  1 16.7  13/ 0 INCARNATIONS (281)        0  1 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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     Wulfhere looked down on the gladiators sparring in the practice pit with
satisfaction.  He had brought many aspiring teams of wannabe warriors into his
practice arena for workouts but this was the group he had settled on to be his Force
of Five for Fratsfa's new contest.  It was difficult scouting talent for the games;
straining to see what potential each fighter had deep within himself and trying to
bring some of that out in the brief time he had to train them.  It had taken quite
some time and this wasn't the prettiest or brightest bunch he had seen but they
seemed to have the grit, the will to win.  He'd been wrong before and would probably
be wrong again but his gut told him otherwise.
     This team struck a nice balance of offense and defense that was hard to find.
Gamuk and Zazluk were big brutes who were trying to get away from the monotony of
their life as guards for the Troll village they were born in.  Each were very hard to
take down; rather than wear down they seemed to almost regenerate as the fight wore
on.  In fact, he pondered whether or not to even put them in helmets as it seemed
their heads were the hardest parts of their bodies (and their misshapen faces tended
to scare their opponents into submission).  The most difficult part of their training
would be to get them to swing in the general direction of their opponents.
     Loki and Bam Bam Lightfoot were both quick fighters that were natives of
Fratsfa.  Though they were brothers and shared the same gift of speed, that's where
their similarities ended.  Loki was a finesse fighter, dancing around his opponent
jabbing, feinting, jumping in and out of his opponents' reach.  He learned the
various routines Wulfhere's trainers impressed upon him quickly and hoped to graduate
a hero from Fratsfa's games.
     Bam Bam was given his nickname early in life because of his habit of ramming his
head into things he shouldn't.  He wouldn't admit to his real name (although Loki
claimed it was Walter).  Bam Bam came out with the same aggressiveness as his brother
but was much more direct with his attack.  Although Bam Bam was taller and more
muscular than his older brother and thus had the ability to fell an opponent more
quickly, his reckless abandon worried Wulfhere; he had seen too many youths
slaughtered in their early fights due to this carelessness.  Alas, some lessons must
be learned in the ring.
     That left only Gord.  From whence Gord came, he wouldn't say and none had seen
him around Fratsfa before he met the Trolls and the Lightfoot brothers in the local
pub.  He was amazing to watch in the pit.  He seemed to play with the others, letting
them come close to hitting him but somehow staying just an inch out of reach.  His
capacity to learn seemed limitless.  He picked things up so quickly it was scary and
it made you wonder how much he already knew.  He was equally proficient with either
hand switching from a conventional stance to southpaw throughout his fights, often
confusing his opponents.
     The only flaw that Wulfhere could find in Gord was his lack of physical
conditioning.  Though during the last few weeks Wulfhere observed him eat like a
starving Ganthu, polishing off several portions more than his companions at every
meal, he didn't seem to gain any weight.  Wulfhere felt he had his work cut out for
him in this regard.  He had heard that a new type of trainers had recently emerged in
Fratsfa calling themselves "nutritionists".  These were strange times in the games
with rumors of alchemy abuse and possible random testing in the future.  Now he had
to hire a guy to tell him what to feed his stable...strange times indeed.

This spotlight was brought to you by....

Wulfhere Skullsplitter
Mgr. of Force of Five and here to compete in the Fratsfa's Best contest

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     The eyes of Valhalla had turned once again upon Midgard, the echoes and
preparations of Fratsfa's Quest for the Best had reached its halls and reawakened the
thirst for competition and conquest.
     The all familiar voice filled the many rooms of his home so all could hear.
     "Many years have passed since a warrior worthy to drink my mead has crossed
Gladhome's threshold.  Many benches along my table have yet to seat and feast my
fallen chosen.  Fratsfa's Quest for the Best, as it is known to the mortals, still
without knowing shall give my Valkyries great cause for their skill."
     "I wish to reward the faithful who preserved the heathen spirit the longest
amongst men and lived according to Kyn Hugr most courageously to sport and be this
hall's emissaries sent to provide many invitations to Valhalla's moat by skill and
     Staghorn, hearing the voice knew without knowing that the second part of the All
Father's message was directed to him specifically, went along some of Valhalla's
oldest and most occupied rooms in preparation of a team of Einherjar know once in
Midgard as Icelanders.

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     Fratsfa's Quest for the Best kicks off next turn and my palms are already sweaty
with anticipation (not hairy, sweaty!).  I am very optimistic about the number of
stables and the quality of competition this contest will attract.  I encourage all
managers and stables, whether new, old, active or inactive to come compete and jockey
for the prestige and prizes.  We are anxious to see who will take home the Fratsfa's
Ultimate Victor title.  Will it be one of us from the Desolate Empire Alliance who is
sponsoring the contest, a member of another alliance, a grizzled old battle wizened
veterans or a spanking new newbie.  Come one, come all, and show us who's the best in
all of Alastari.  I also want to welcome all that have already shown up early.  Rev.
Bob, Le Pentarque, Heathen, Dark Knight Goat and the manager already active here in
Fratsfa, like Leeta, Slugbait, and Barnabas.  I hope to see all among the list of
contenders, along with the Dark Raiders stable that is also active (sorry, I don't
know who manages this stable!).
     I received a few questions and I want to clarify them now!  So here they are:
1)  All fights during contest count whether or not it is against contest team, Dark
Arena fight also count (so D.A. wisely)!
2)  All managers who compete in the contest can only have one team active in Fratsfa
during the contest.  Violation of this rule will result in immediate
3)  There may be ONLY (1) Total Parry per team at a time.  Violation of this will
also result in disqualification.
4)  And yes, a scout is mandatory.  Your team will not be scored in the contest until
a scout is declared.
5)  If a stable desires to have a champion, then the manager must declare his
champion on the champion's first fight in the contest.  FE is not a factor!
     I know that the answers to the question and the requirements may sound
repetitive, but I want to make sure these questions are answered clearly.  Now that I
have answered those questions, if there are any more please feel free to ask away.
You can ask by way of p-ads (in DM-52), diplos, or e-mail at:

     I am listing the requirements for the contest along with prizes, and teams
already declared.
1)  Only ONE team per manager entered in the contest.  Only one active team in
Fratsfa during the contest, PERIOD!
2)  Only one TP on your team at a time.  (If it dies, then you may replace it.)
3)  You must declare (1) warrior as your team scout.  Points will not be scored until
a scout is declared!!!
4)  You do not need (3) three warriors in the initiates class to compete.  FE does
not play a factor for eligibility!!!!
5)  If you bloodfeud, you must use a different warrior each time to score the FB
points.  (If a warrior is used twice, he will only be awarded the points for the win
or point subtracted for the loss on the second bloodfeud.
6)  You must declare your team in the p-ads to be entered.
7)  A champion and scout cannot be the same warrior.
8)  Champions are not required (manager's choice).  Champions must be declared on
their first fight of the contest!

Now to the scoring formula:
Wins + Kills - Losses = Base score
Base score + Variant score = Total score

Win = +1 pt
Kill = +1 pt
Loss = -1 pt

Scout Win = +2 pts
Scout Loss = -2 pts
Scout death = -5 pts
Champion win = +3 pts
Champion loss = -3 pts
Stylemaster for turn = +1 pt
Most avoided team = +2 pts
Successful Bloodfeud = +2 pts
Failed Bloodfeud = -2 pts

     Let's say (A) team goes 3 - 2 - 2 = 3 wins + 2 kills - 2 losses = + 3 base
score.  Team (A)'s champion won (+3 pts) and is style master for the turn (1 pt).
His scout lost (-2 pts) for a total turn score of +5 pts.
     Now, let's say team (B) goes 1 - 4 - 1 = 1 win + 1 kill - 4 losses = - 2 pts
base score.  His scout won (+2 pts) and the scouts win was a successful bloodfeud (+2
pts).  So, the total points for this turn would be +2 pts.  (There was no champion on
this team.)
     +25 bonus points will be given to managers that submit a brief history (5
paragraph minimum) including manager alias and stable name by the contest's third
turn.  These  points will be added to the team by T-210.

**** On to the list of prizes ****
1st Place "Fratsfa's Ultimate Victor"
   1)  Twelve (12) Rollup gift certificates transferred to 1st place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Fratsfa arena for six (6) months.
   3)  Renaming  of Dark Arena monsters:  Wurmkin, Bandit Prince, and Black Orc.
   4)  One (1) favorite's potion. *
   5)  One (1) +1 bonus skill potion. **

2nd place
   1)  Eight (8) rollup gift certificates transferred to 2nd place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Dark Arena monsters:  Dark champion and High Elf.
   3)  One (1) favorites potion. *
   4)  One (1) +1 bonus skill potion. **

3rd Place
   1)  Four (4) rollup gift certificates transferred to 3rd place manager.
   2)  Renaming of Dark Arena monsters:  Mountain Troll and Shewish Giant.
   3)  One (1) favorites potion. *
   4)  One (1) skill bonus potion. **

4th Place
   1)  Three (3) gift certificates transferred to 4th place manager.
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
   3)  Rename Dark Arena monster, Stone Golem.

5th Place
   1)  Two (2) Rollup certs
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *
   3)  Rename Dark Arena monster, Spy Master.

6th Place
   1)  One (1) rollup cert.
   2)  One (1) favorites potion *

7th-10th Place
   1)  One (1) favorite's potion *

     All teams who fight at least 67 of the possible 75 fights will get (1) free
tournament entry for a warrior of the team that competed in Fratsfa in the first
tournament after the completion of Fratsfa's Quest for the Best.


* -- All potions must be used within (2) turns of the contest end, and on an initiate
(tournament class) or higher character on the same team that competed in Fratsfa;
this is non-transferable.

* (1) One favorites potion gives all faves:  Rhythm, tactic and weapon.
** (1) One + 1 skill bonus potion gives +1 to one skill

     And now finally to the teams who have declares...

The Church (369) -- mgr. Reverend Bob
   Scout -- The Elder #3618
   Champion -- The Deacon #3619

Bronze Knights (362) -- mgr. Dark Knight Wasby the Great
   Scout -- Ser Jamie #3578
   Champion -- Lord Jon Snow #3580

Blood and Guts!  (365) -- mgr. Le Pentarque
   Le Pentarque has declared his intent to compete via e-mail, but still needs to
declare a scout and announce his intent in the p-ads.

Red Knights (370) -- mgr. Dok Sik
   Scout -- Ser Red Scar #3623
   Champion -- Lord Red Scorpian #3625

Black Knights (363) -- mgr. Dark Knight Goat
   Scout -- Ser Furcas  #3583
   Champion -- Lord Soth  #3585

     This is all I have this turn, I will keep everything updated as I get the info.
Good luck all!

                                   Toker, Co-Host

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     Heathen sat transfixed, staring in rapt attention at the elderly man with the
gray beard seated across the table from him, mesmerized by his voice, the lilting
poetry of his words musical to the manager's ears:

    To wot, the Chosen are hight
      Har's Niflungs shall put to test
    Seek honor in arena fights
      and victory as Fratsfa's Best
    For cattle die, kinsmen as well
      you too will one day pass
    But a warriors reputation will swell
      if alone he stands last
    Among Mithgard wilt thou
      find ask and Embla's spawn
    The bane of those cowed
      the Norns decree the dawn

     Standing suddenly the Skald traced a sig rune (rune of victory) across the
contents of his horn of mead, took a long draught, dumped the remainder onto the
ground for the wights of the earth and walked off, maroon cloak trailing in his wake,
to disappear into the darkness from whence he'd come.
     Only later did Heathen Hatebred realize who the old wise man was and set about
his task - recruiting, training and battle testing those noble warriors deemed worthy
to take the arena sands as Odin's Chose, representing the wisest of Gods in the
Northern pantheon, to one day secure their place in Valhalla to feast among the
Einharjar and do battle daily in preparation for Ragnarok to fight and die was the
sole goal of these elite warriors for to perish in battle was the greatest of honors!
To that end Heathen had found the following:
     Guthild Midwall, an aspiring Valkyrie, and direct descendant of the legendary
hero Gunnar Midwall is the archetypal warrior.  As the most skilled of her peers she
is held in high esteem and was selected to lead the team to victory during this
     Aryan Barbarian, a berserker, perhaps the most dangerous of the Chosen Ones at
only six feet tall is a Jolsun, regarded among most as the most fierce tribe in all
the land.  He represents both his Folk and his tribe as a member of Odin's Chosen.
     Gungninsdottin, named for the infamous spear of Odin, is a practitioner of Seidr
and a warrior in her own right.  Feared by many for her knowledge of the runes as
well as her skill on the battlefield, she holds the weak of heart in contempt.
     Bloodeagle, know far and wide for his strength and courage was feared by one and
all for the pure ritual he represented.  His passion in life is bringing death and
destruction to the kneeling hordes of the slave god.
     Kykensteinburg, a slave of with his natural tendency of avoiding conflict at all
costs became the prototypical slag companion to the mighty warriors of Odin's Chosen
and though looked down upon with derision by his teammates Heathen had recruited him
solely for the duration of the "Quest".
     Thus was Odin's Chosen guildhouse formed and from whence they came to wreak
havoc upon the sands of Fratsfa!  Hail the Gods and Goddesses of the Holy Aesin and

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  A stormcloud is brewing over the MIDDLE WAY 8 
guildhouse.  Rumor says any more weeks like this ones 0-0-0 may send the team to the 
Dark Arena.  Coming up with a solid 3-2-0 outing, THE CHURCH has advanced 3 places in 
the rankings.  Don't these new hotshots make you sick (or, if they fought you, hurt)? 
BRONZE KNIGHTS, on their very first turn, went 3-2-1.  Call it luck at the right time 
or bribes in the right hands, but the new team FORCE OF FIVE scored a 3-2-0 record 
this week.  Hey everybody, watch out for SHOCKER, who flew up 19 points in the 
rankings after mashing CAULIFLOWER EARS like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya 
know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  WILD THING was defeated by 
COLLAPSED LUNG and drops 12 points.  It's a proud day for the OTTO'S PARTS stable, as 
their warrior, BLOODY NOSE, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  Advice to 
bashers--never force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the FRATSFA arena.  Did you 
hear that MIDDLE WAY 8 was most avoided team this week?  Well, knowing the personal 
hygiene of MIDDLE WAY 8's warriors, I'm not surprised!  For those of you who like 
math, try this one:  MIDDLE WAY 8 + Weapons That go Boom = SILVER KNIGHTS + Avoid 
City.  Well dang howdy, but if challenges were votes, GANGRENE would be president.  
Although it may be a contest she doesn't want to win.  LORD DAVOS of SILVER KNIGHTS 
had better have a good reason for challenging down 14 points in a challenge which he 
won.  I thought LORD DAVOS showed great skill and promise when he won victory over 
THE USHER.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  Ask not the elves for counsel, 
for they will say both yes and no.  Silly buggers, eh?   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Well, there goes another Spy Report.  Good luck in 
next week's fights.  Its been fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've 
got you worked up for Snide Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLOODY NOSE 3175             19  15  1   136       OTTO'S PARTS (150)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-TEALIN SALI 3496             18  15  0    87       MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)
 SHOCKER 588                  13   5  0    87       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
 PANDEMIC 3319                 7  10  0    87       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 COLLAPSED LUNG 3380          11   9  2    80       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424        10   8  0    79       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 WILD THING 382               10  12  0    71       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
-RENDOR QUIL 3497             18  15  0    70       MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LENA KORIL 3495              15  18  0    63       MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRAIN TUMOUR 3502             6   0  0    53       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 MALICE 3343                   5   4  0    40       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 GANGRENE 3344                 6   3  1    38       DARK RAIDERS (78)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-SALINA REES 3546              7   8  0    29       MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)
-SUE SOON 3572                 2   0  0    25       SITTEES (359)
 SER HAWKWING 3576             1   2  0    25       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE DEACON 3619               2   0  0    23       THE CHURCH (369)
 SER STURM 3574                2   1  0    21       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 SORROW 3571                   2   1  0    18       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 PULLED HAMSTRING 3554         2   1  0    18       OTTO'S PARTS (150)
 OLD GRIM 3593                 1   0  1    18       BLEAK LEGION (364)
-GRAENDAL 3130                 2   5  0    17       INCARNATIONS (281)
 LORD DAVOS 3577               2   1  0    17       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
-SHY ANN 3562                  1   2  0    17       SITTEES (359)
 LORD JON SNOW 3580            1   0  0    15       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 SER STEEL 3579                1   0  1    11       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 PUMPKINHEAD 1244              1   1  0    11       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
 SER JAIME 3578                1   0  0    11       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 CHOIR DIRECTOR 3630           1   0  0    11       THE CHURCH (369)
 IGOR MALMORT 3594             0   1  0    11       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 THE ELDER 3618                2   0  0    10       THE CHURCH (369)
 KYKENSTIENBURG 3613           1   0  1    10       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 LOKI 3604                     1   0  0    10       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
-BYRON 3559                    2   1  0     9       SITTEES (359)
 THE STEWARD 3616              1   1  0     9       THE CHURCH (369)
 SER ARTUR DAYNE 3575          1   2  0     9       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
-OAK LEE 3563                  2   1  0     8       SITTEES (359)
 AUBIN L'AUROUGE 3596          1   1  0     8       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
-BRENT WOOD 3588               1   0  0     6       SITTEES (359)
 BAM BAM 3608                  1   0  0     6       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
 TONNELLE 3634                 1   0  0     6       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 C.H.U.D. II 1848              1   1  1     5       LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
 BLACK VIPER 3590              1   0  0     5       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 BOB LE CANADIEN 3632          1   0  0     5       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BASHER ZAZLUK 3605            1   0  0     5       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
-OLLIE QUONSHAM 3570           0   4  0     4       MIDDLE WAY 8 (351)
 SER ILYN PAYNE 3573           0   3  0     3       SILVER KNIGHTS (361)
 THE USHER 3620                0   2  0     2       THE CHURCH (369)
 VILE 3592                     0   1  0     1       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 SER LORAS TYRELL 3582         0   1  0     1       BRONZE KNIGHTS (362)
 BASHER GAMUK 3606             0   1  0     1       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
 GORD THE ROGUE 3607           0   1  0     1       FORCE OF FIVE (367)
 BLOODEAGLE 3631               0   1  0     1       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 GUTHHILD MIDWALL 3611         0   1  0     1       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 YOUNG GRIM 3589               0   1  0     1       BLEAK LEGION (364)
 GUNGNIRSDOTTIR 3610           0   1  0     1       ODIN'S CHOSEN (368)
 PAS DE QUARTIER 3633          0   1  0     1       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)

'-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn.

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
HOPELESS 3591          0  1 0 BLEAK LEGION 364      KYKENSTIENBURG 3613   206         
SER BODASEN 3581       0  1 0 BRONZE KNIGHTS 362    SHEWISH GIANT 21      206 NONE    
1 3626                 0  1 0 INCARNATIONS 281      SHEWISH GIANT 21      206 NONE    
CHRISTINE 1849         1  1 0 LETHAL WEAPONS 74     OLD GRIM 3593         206         
ARYAN BARBARIAN 3614   0  1 0 ODIN'S CHOSEN 368     SER STEEL 3579        206         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Hello, my new friendly foes!  I'm entering my team Blood and Guts! in the contest.
Igor Malmort will be my Champion, Tonnerre my Scout.  See you all on the sands. -- Le

Fratsfa -- My team, Force of Five, is here to compete for honor and glory in your
Quest for the Best contest.  Gord the Rogue shall serve as our scout in this arena.
Good luck to all! -- Wulfhere Skullsplitter

Fratsfa -- Otto's Parts is back for the Quest for the Best, but rather we are Cursed
with the Worst.  Brain Tumour will be our Scout, and Cauliflower Ears will be our
Champion. -- Crip, mgr. of Otto's Parts

All -- Greetings to all, my first stable was named "Weiss Macht".  Of course, I
started in North Fork with the help of Skullagrim and Solomon.
     I started my Duelmaster experience in North Fork's Turf War.  I belonged to the
"Manic Union" or "Manic Onion" to those who lost against us.
     Of course, it was my first experience with what a scum fest meant.  My first
scum warrior was the "Manic Fuhrer."  Nineteen ST, 21 Con, 21 Sill, Ha.  Yes, he went
43 minutes to watch Akia drop at his feet.
     Needless to say we won the Turf War.  Skullagrim Scum "comes from behind" raised
some eyebrows too.  So, I need to compete in contests.  It's in my blood.
     I have also fought against the Council of Lords while I was a Cartel member.
CFH and Abraxis helped me out with some of the aspect of the game.
     Then I went to another contest in DM 73 and placed third.  We were called the
"Manic Depressants."  I also met another manager called "Angel".  Hoo-hoo.
     It wasn't until after this contest I finally made the roster of the V.C.  In the
old days you had to probate under a sponsor.  Mine was CFH.  Thanks, CFH.
     I also did a stint over in Talcama in which I was lucky enough to meet "Doc
Steele", Neon Necromancer, Big Wave Dave.  I know the greats of the game actually
answered my diplos.  That just shows you that is what legends are made of.  I speak
of course, if all you managers in Talcama who helped a rookie out not knowing if I
would stick it out.  Thanks for all your help, "Talcama".
     Recently I have been feuding with Hammer and his cronies of the 'KlK' in 47 and
49 and of course 18.  But I have my brothers in arms, Abraxis, fear him, Toker, pound
for pound the best, Wasby, what can I say but salute, Dok Sik, cough cough your way
to the top, Skullagrim, you thought not!
     So, here I am my in my first sponsored contest.  A bunch of fairly new managers
attempting to bring some life to the Andorian way with some Delarq ways.
     I salute The Duke of this region Sir Toker, welcome to the Council of the
Desolate Empire.  May your rule be honorable and long.
               Dark Knight/Delarquan Duke

Duke Toker -- My brief history I hope will get me them bonus points.  My scout will
"Ser Furcas."  My champion will be "Lord Soth."  Of course this contest will go to
the best.  So good luck. -- Dark Knight Goat

Heathen -- Glad to have you here.  Nice prizes.  Welcome steins are out. -- Dark
Knight Goat

Reverend Bob -- Welcome, thanks for coming.  I am glad that you will try and win this
contest.  Of course my pagan gods and goddesses are bigger than yours.  After church
feel free to stop by my pagan bar, "Midgard Serpent."  We'll toast all night long
while we toss dwarves and discuss philosophy. -- Dark Knight Goat

Fratsfa -- Wake up.  There is a Delarq in your midst.  Don't you care?.  Dark nights
along with dark days will bring new life. -- Lord Soth

Desolate Emperors -- Odin's Chosen has arrived!  We formally declare ourselves
Fratsfa's Best--let anyone who believes otherwise prove me wrong!! -- Heathen
Hatebred, mgr. Odin's Chosen, Fascist Federation Alliance
P.S.  Bloodeagle will be my champion, Kykensteinburg will be my scout.

Reverend Bob -- There really is no shame in second place for your kind--after all,
you should be used to supplicating yourself to the rule of another!  Save yourself
the embarrassment and submit yourself to the True Religion of the Folk!  Victory or
Valhalla!! -- Heathen Hatebred

Let's get this Quest under way! -- Heathen Hatebred

All -- I am the Expatriate and I declare my intent to enter the Bleak Legion into the
Quest for the Best.  My team's scout will be Old Grim. -- The Expatriate

I officially declare Icelanders for Fratsfa's Quest for Best.  Skjott Drepa will be
my champion.  Skjald Borg will be my scout. -- Staghorn, mgr. Icelanders

Ser Hawkwing -- We always try to give contestants a good beginning.  Savor it,
because I may not pass this way again. -- Salina Rees

Ser Sturm -- Darn.  I just KNEW it was a mistake to be an Araoi elf, but would Leeta
listen?  As if! -- Ollie Quonsham

Pandemic -- Well done! -- Rendor Quil
P.S.  Now YOU get to write a column.  Ha!

If that was a Virginal Concubine, well, it gives a whole new scope to my concept. --
Tealin Sali

Malice -- How anti-social of you!  Good luck with it anyway, as everyone must have
SOME self-image. -- Lena Koril

All -- I officially declare my team "Bronze Knights" into FRATSFA'S QUEST FOR THE
BEST.  Our Scout is Ser Jaime.  Our CHAMPION will be Lord Jon Snow. -- Wasby the
Great, D.E.

All -- A big thanks and a big welcome to all managers participating in our contest.
We (Toker, Goat, and Wasby) appreciate the support and look forward to battling, it
out with everyone for the prizes!!  DON'T FORGET!!! -- +25 BONUS POINTS AVAILABLE for
a brief team history (5 paragraph minimum) including your manager and team name by
the contest's third turn.  Points will be added T-210. -- Dark Knight Wasby, D.E.

All -- All managers currently active in FRATSFA:  please declare for the contest.  It
is free and you might win a prize or two. -- your contest co-host Wasby

Dark Knight Toker -- Next turn!  From what I hear we'll see plenty of action in our
quest to be the best! -- Wasby

Heathen -- Good to see you here, even if your last turn was 1 D.A.  (Getting ready,
huh!)  Goat, Wasby and myself wish you good luck for the contest. -- D.K. Toker

D.K. Wasby the Great -- Good luck bro, 15 turns should prove full of intense
competition.  Let's do our best to take the top awards. -- D.K. Toker

Salina Rees -- I even surprised myself in that one.  I thought I would be
slaughtered.  Toker says I shouldn't think, that I might hurt myself.  I don't know
about that, but I am not the brightest! -- Ser Hawkwing

The Elder -- I guess that should teach me to talk back to my elders! -- Ser Ilyn

All -- I declare the Silver Knights to be entered into the Quest for the best
contest.  My scout will be Lord Davos and Ser Artur Dayne will champion for my
stable.  May all fall before our might! (LOL) -- Dark Knight Toker, mgr. Silver
Knights (361)

Leeta -- I enjoy a talkative and enthusiastic atmosphere, so hopefully with your wish
of luck, I'll be able to bring that age of miracles upon us! -- D.K. Toker

Le Pentarque and Blood And Guts! -- I know you e-mailed me and informed me you would
be competing in the contest, however, you still need to declare a scout and also
declare your intent to compete in the p-ads.  I look forward to crossing with you
outside of Talcama.  This contest should be full of great competition, and I know you
to be a skillful manager.  So, good luck and I hope you enjoy! -- D.K. Toker, co-host

7 June 2005
I am in the process of moving house, and spotlight writing for the next two months
will be very hit-and-miss. -- the Scribe

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

1 was butchered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SER BODASEN was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
SER HAWKWING was subdued by GANGRENE in a 1 minute novice vs. veteran Challenge melee.
THE STEWARD was bested by SER STURM in a 1 minute gory novice's Challenge contest.
LORD DAVOS subdued THE USHER in a 3 minute amateur's Challenge competition.
SER ILYN PAYNE was unbelievably bested by THE ELDER in a 4 minute Challenge fight.
PANDEMIC was unbelievably bested by BLOODY NOSE in a 2 minute expert's Title fight.
COLLAPSED LUNG won victory over WILD THING in a 1 minute expert's duel.
SHOCKER defeated CAULIFLOWER EARS in a action packed 4 minute gory duel.
BRAIN TUMOUR luckily beat MALICE in a action packed 3 minute match.
PULLED HAMSTRING overpowered SER ARTUR DAYNE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
CHRISTINE was murdered by OLD GRIM in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
SORROW demolished AUBIN L'AUROUGE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
C.H.U.D. II was handily defeated by LORD JON SNOW in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
PUMPKINHEAD vanquished GUTHHILD MIDWALL in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
THE DEACON vanquished YOUNG GRIM in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
KYKENSTIENBURG delivered the death blow upon HOPELESS in a 2 minute amateur's brawl.
IGOR MALMORT was overpowered by CHOIR DIRECTOR in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
VILE was beaten by BOB LE CANADIEN in a 3 minute novice's bout.
LOKI overpowered GUNGNIRSDOTTIR in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
BASHER ZAZLUK unbelievably bested SER LORAS TYRELL in a 3 minute novice's bout.
BASHER GAMUK was viciously subdued by TONNELLE in a 2 minute gruesome novice's match.
GORD THE ROGUE lost to BLACK VIPER in a 1 minute amateur's fray.
BAM BAM defeated BLOODEAGLE in a 5 minute novice's match.
ARYAN BARBARIAN was assassinated by SER STEEL in a 1 minute gory one-sided duel.
SER JAIME vanquished PAS DE QUARTIER in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  13         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   2 -  1      83  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  8         AIMED BLOW        15 -   7 -  2      68  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   7         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -  13 -  1      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      6         LUNGING ATTACK    27 -  21 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     5         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   9 -  0      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  13 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   8 -  0      43  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  17 -  0      41  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   6 -  0      14  |

Turn 206 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-LUNGE        2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  8         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        6 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  4         3  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  6         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      BLOODY NOSE 3175           19  15  1  136 OTTO'S PARTS (150)
TOTAL PARRY      SHOCKER 588                13   5  0   87 LETHAL WEAPONS (74)
BASHING ATTACK   COLLAPSED LUNG 3380        11   9  2   80 OTTO'S PARTS (150)
LUNGING ATTACK   CAULIFLOWER EARS 3424      10   8  0   79 OTTO'S PARTS (150)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PANDEMIC 3319.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was SER ILYN PAYNE 3573.  The ten other most popular fighters were CAULIFLOWER EARS 
3424, MALICE 3343, PANDEMIC 3319, THE USHER 3620, SER JAIME 3578, SER STURM 3574, 

The least popular fighter this week was PAS DE QUARTIER 3633.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ARYAN BARBARIAN 3614, BLOODEAGLE 3631, GORD THE ROGUE 3607, 
MIDWALL 3611, C.H.U.D. II 1848, and AUBIN L'AUROUGE 3596.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

BLOODY NOSE (52-3175) OTTO'S PARTS (150)


Summer Face-to-Face Tournament XXXV in St. Louis!  
Our next summer FTF will be held in downtown St. Louis, July 29-31, 2005.  It will be 
at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, St. Louis (800-925-1395--ask for the Reality 
Simulations room block). Room rates are $99.00 per night, 1-4 occupancy.  The rooms 
are blocked--please make your reservation by mid-June before the block is released! 
Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  See you there!

Winter Face-to-Face Tournament XXXVI in Tempe!
Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 20-22, 2006.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $139.00 per night (same as last year!), 
1-4 occupancy, which includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's 
reception, free airport shuttle, free parking, high speed internet (for extra charge), 
fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your 
reservation soon before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and
several people were unable to book rooms last year because they waited too long.)  
Look for transportation info in the tournament information sheet.  We hope you're all 
looking forward to it and that we will see you there!